Tag Archives: R&B

New Orleans Artists
at Essence Festival 2013

Like most major music and culture festivals, Essence Festival can be overwhelming when just glancing at the schedule. Essence Fest encompasses four full days of music, panel discussions, demonstration stages plus an arts and business marketplace. This year, the celebration even includes Thursday’s “Family Union Day,” the festival’s new free event. Since Essence chooses to [...]

Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
Finally Returns to the Studio

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? At 73, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson is a master of old school R&B. He wrote and recorded his biggest hit—which now may as well be a legal part of his name—in 1960. But that hasn’t stopped Johnson from going back to school both to hone [...]

Jazz Fest Recap, Sunday, May 5, 2013: Meter Men, Hall & Oates, Aaron Neville & More!

Some bands seem obliged to jam at Jazz Fest, even if jamming isn’t what they do best. That was partly the case in Hall & Oates’ set, with stretched out versions of “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” and “Sara Smile” that collectively filled nearly one-third of a 90-minute show. (Both featured saxophonist [...]

Jazz Fest Recap, Thursday, May 2: Patti Smith, Roy Ayers & More

For a certain stripe of blues fan, the older, wilder and more obscure the performer the better. If you’re of that mindset, you probably saw Drink Small, the 80-year-old South Carolina bluesman who’s been playing various joints for the past half-century.  The opening of his set, where he delivered a borderline-risque rap and then a [...]

Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s Spiritual Vibrations

The funky blues guitarist they call the Wolfman only let opportunity pass him by once. One night in the early ’60s, Joe Tex, soul master and fixture of R&B scenes across the South, walked into a tiny club in Thibodeaux called the Sugar Bowl and found the teenage Walter Washington onstage with his group. So [...]

Happy 76th Birthday, Clarence “Frogman” Henry

  He can sing like a girl, he can sing like a frog… and today he’s 76. OffBeat wishes happy birthday to one of the heroes of New Orleans R&B, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, who first hit in 1956 with the immortal “Ain’t Got No Home.” His use of female and frog voices made the tune [...]

Eric Lindell, I Still Love You (Sparco Records)

Eric Lindell has never been someone to stay in one place for very long. The R&B singer/guitarist has seen his share of high times and hardships in his comings and goings. But like the familiar breeze he often rides off on, in his own time, he winds his way back, sketching songs until he’s settled. [...]

Dave Ferrato, Later, On Decatur (Independent)

Dave Ferrato is a Quarter Rat with an eye for storytelling detail and an ear for the classic currents of New Orleans R&B. This is an extremely polished and professional effort for a first album. The expert ministrations of Mark Mullins as producer and arranger ensure that technical quality, and Mullins assembled an outstanding cast [...]

The Allyn Robinson Project, Full Circle (Independent)

Wayne Cochrane and the C.C. Riders are a legendary soul band known for the near-hysterical performances of the white-pompadoured Cochrane, whose variations on black soul singers were arresting enough to earn releases on both the Chess and King labels. Cochrane’s histrionics were over the top, but his bands were always of the highest caliber. The [...]

Paul Barrere of Little Feat’s Louisiana Connection

After co-founder Lowell George left the band Paul Barrere became co-leader of Little Feat with keyboardist Bill Payne. A lifelong fan of New Orleans music, Barrere often plays with Louisiana musicians, and his slide guitar work has a rhythmic subtlety and sophisticated funk that reflects his New Orleans influences. Little Feat’s latest album, Rooster Rag, [...]